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Brewmaster Mark Carpenter’s unique recipe for Brekle’s Brown—a tip of the hat to our first brewmaster—looks to both the past and the future. Mark’s special blend of roasted malts, inspired by the all-malt brown ales in Anchor’s brewing archives, gives Brekle’s Brown its coppery brown color and its unusual depth of flavor—richness and complexity without heaviness. For brewing and dry hopping, Mark has chosen a single, American hop variety called Citra. The subtly entrancing flavors and aromas of this distinctive new hop perfectly complement the unique maltiness of Brekle’s Brown.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (9608) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2011
Clear brown pour, tan head. Aroma is lightly nutty, a bit tart, nail polish. Flavor is malty, slight tartness, bready.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
J_man (736) - Tustin, California, USA - AUG 7, 2011
Beautiful crystal clear medium brown with a strong ruby color and a tan head. Aromas of wood and brown sugar and molasses. Dry, woody and roasted flavor to start followed by a crisp nuttiness that’s *not* hazelnut (for once). A dark caramel sweetness follows and then some dry bitterness to round it out. Leaves behind that dry woody flavor and a little lingering sweetness. Don’t drink this too cold or you’ll miss all the delicious flavors in here (I started out that way and it kept getting better as it warmed up). This is very much in the English style of brown ale but it has even more flavor and style which makes it unique. A great new brew from Anchor!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (32981) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2011
From tap at Euston Tap. Pours clear and golden amber to brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is dark roasted malty, breadish and light overripe fruity. Bitter, malty and roasted flavoured. Ends dry, bitter and fruity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
neuromatt (1218) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2011
On tap at the brewery, served in a tasting glass. Pours clear deep caramel with a small tan head and lively carbonation. The head fades slowly to a thin cover and leaves a small amount of lace. The aroma is fruity sweet, with roasty malts, sweet grain, brown sugar, pale fruits, Citra hops and chocolate. The flavour is moderately sweet, caramel and fruity with a hint of bitterness. On the palate, it is medium in body with a smooth, silky texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a nice sweet malty brown ale with Citra hops. It is fairly complex, fruity and toasty. 2011-06-10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (6466) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2011
(Draught at Beer Temple, Amsterdam, 16 July 2011) Dark brown colour with frothy, beige head. Malty, hoppy nose with dark bread, ryvita, raisins, pine needles and fresh hops. Malty, hoppy taste with notes of dark bread, raisins, prunes and hints of resin and pine needles. Medium body, slightly sweetish. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keepersj12 (2784) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2011
A very good brown. Pours brown, what else. Big off white head. Aroma is all malt, sweet and sour with a nice earthiness to it. The flavor is malty sweet with some caramel, bread, and a nice tartness. The finish is long lasting and clean.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3625) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2011
(draft @ Tap and Mallet - Rochester, NY) Clear brown pour with a thin white head. Sweet malty and nutty aroma. Light malt sweetness and a very mild nutty flavor coming through at the finish. Nice and sweet on the aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2011
On tap at the Ginger Man in Norwalk, CT. Served in a pint glass. Reviewed from notes. Pours a moderate brown color with a good off-white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries a bit of caramel and toasted grain plus some mild roast. Faint hoppiness is there as well. Nice blend. The flavor has a bit too much roast and hop, coming together to create a strange bitterness that really affects the taste and feel. Medium body with average carbonation. All the components of this one didn’t really come together for me, though I did enjoy the nose. Serving type: on-tap

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmEricanbrew (6030) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 3, 2011
Hazy light brown color/ ivory head. Mild floral, nutty, dark bread aromas. Medium bodied. Decent enough flavors of nutty caramel, dark bread, with some mild floral hoppage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7146) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2011
On tap at O’Brien’s’ pouring up dark muddy brown with tan head. The aroma offers up a mix of sweet dark fruit esters and a few different degrees of roasted maltiness. The esters are pretty bold. The taste offers up loads of various sweet dark fruity esters injected with thin ribbons of malt roastiness. This is one estery brown which provides plenty of interest.

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